Didn’t get a chance to see the latest art at Waldorf West before we closed? No worries, we’ve got you covered with photos of what’s currently hanging. This quarter’s gallery features work of our very own CCPL staff members. Join us for a virtual Artists Reception on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00pm via Google Hangouts. You’ll get a chance to chat with some of the artists about their work and artistic process. Be sure to check out our collection of art related ebooks available through hoopla and art documentaries available through kanopy. Enjoy the show.

Marina Turner

Marina Turner has lived in Southern Maryland for 10 years and has been with CCPL for almost 2. She has always enjoyed being creative in various art mediums. She is fond of painting canvases and rocks and she has created several butterfly canvases, in different color schemes, some with butterflies taking up the entire heart, and others with a word in the middle, like “Family.” She is always on the lookout for new ideas and creative ways to express her love of art and to share the joy of crafting with her children.

Karla Brown

Karla J Brown is a Circulation Assistant at the LaPlata Branch. Her Paper Quilled Mandala uses thin strips of paper rolled and shaped to create images. These projects can take upward of 50 plus hours to complete. 

Erin Doyle

Erin Doyle is a lifetime Charles County resident and has been working at the Waldorf West Branch for seven years, where they currently serve as a Circulation Assistant. They have enjoyed art as a hobby for most of their life and primarily work in digital mediums. Their works for this show were painted in Photoshop and Procreate; each took between two to six hours to create. “Untitled,” “Meeting,” and “Voice” are personal work, while “Sugar” was painted as a birthday gift for a friend.

Ivette Marcucci

Ivette Marcucci works as a Public Service Associate for Charles County Public Library at the Waldorf West Library. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has been living in the Southern Maryland area for 18 years.  As a little girl growing up in Puerto, she was always reading, drawing, painting or crafting. She enjoys painting everything from canvas to furniture. She started creating art in 2014 and today she’s one of the emerging visual artists of Charles County. Mostly self-taught, her works include collage, mixed media and abstract paintings. Her collage works reflect her inspiration, nostalgia for the past and hope for the future. She creates depth through the collage work using patterned papers, stamps, textures, found objects and ephemeral. 

Her abstract art is a way of self-expression where she can use her imagination to create shapes, color, and figures to give voice to her emotions.  She also loves to experiment and explore new techniques to incorporate into her artworks. Since 2015, her artworks have been exhibited in different local galleries such as the Waldorf West Library Gallery, Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, and Port Tobacco Courthouse in addition to the Torpedo Factory Gallery in Alexandria and Gallery B in Bethesda, MD.  To see more of Ivette’s artwork you can contact her at yvettemarc [at] gmail [dot] com.

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider web.” ~ Pablo Picasso.

Shannon Bland

Shannon Bland is the Branch Manager at the Waldorf West Branch. She’s enjoyed art and has been creative her whole life. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Bowie State University where she concentrated in digital art, but also took classes in traditional art mediums like drawing, photography, painting, and printmaking. Today, Shannon continues to hone her traditional art skills and specializes in graphic design, working with various clients. She also enjoys painting, henna art, and photography. To see more of her work, please visit www.shannonbland.com.

Jasmine Carmona

Jasmine Carmona (not pictured) is the Marketing Associate for the Charles County Public Library. From digital media, graphic design, photography, and painting, she is searching for her favorite medium to express who she is and what story she wants to tell. She has started to go back to traditional art when she can and wants to bring her ideas into the world of digital media.